Beating Chronic Fatigue: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Complete Recovery

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A much-needed book on how to treat extreme tiredness, based on the author's own experience of severe chronic fatigue and her pioneering research to develop a successful treatment program
 

A clinical psychologist who found herself struggling with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) explains the causes of CFS and offers an accessible, scientifically valid, easy-to-achieve program that will ...

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Overview

A much-needed book on how to treat extreme tiredness, based on the author's own experience of severe chronic fatigue and her pioneering research to develop a successful treatment program
 

A clinical psychologist who found herself struggling with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) explains the causes of CFS and offers an accessible, scientifically valid, easy-to-achieve program that will inspire those afflicted to regain their health and restore their energy and vitality. CFS is a common yet debilitating condition that can last for many years, in which every waking moment becomes a physical, emotional, and cognitive struggle just to function on the most basic of levels. The author suffered severe symptoms and was compelled to research the cause of CFS and cure herself because she was offered so little help by the medical profession. Her recovery was quick and lasting. Chapters cover her own story, what chronic fatigue really is, what causes it, diagnosis, a step-by-step self-treatment program, how to strengthen the body, coping with stress, and helpful resources.

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U.K. psychotherapist Downing-Orr (Get the Life You Want; Wearing the Ruby Slippers) and a team of specialists offer two approaches to self-healing for readers battling chronic fatigue syndrome and those who suspect they might have it. The medical approach is centered on prescription medication and supplementation; the nutritional approach involves supporting biological systems (e.g., immune, circulatory, gastrointestinal) through a paleolithic diet (i.e., lean protein and vegetables) and vitamin, mineral, and herbal support. Downing-Orr's psychological method complements both approaches, which aim to reverse the complete physical breakdown and mental fog that Downing-Orr, a former CFS sufferer, says, characterize CFS. She explains complex contributing factors, differentiates CFS from similarly presenting conditions (e.g., fibromyalgia, depression), provides stress-relieving strategies, and describes ways to gradually increase activity levels. Most helpful are Downing-Orr's insistence on validating CFS as a bona fide condition that has been ignored, belittled, and misdiagnosed, and advice on developing resilience, dealing with relapses, and defusing tense relationships that can result from chronic illness. (Oct.)
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"An essential read with heaps of valuable hints and insightful information."  —Women's Fitness

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780749940980
  • Publisher: Piatkus Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Pages: 226
  • Sales rank: 1,446,786
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Kristina Downing-Orr is a clinical psychologist, research psychologist, and former sufferer of chronic fatigue. Her previous books include Get the Life You Want!

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